Eliud Owalo, a former campaign manager for Raila Odinga who ditched the Orange Party to join Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) in 2019, has now declared his support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 State House ambitions.
His declaration on Monday during a meeting at Ruto’s Karen residence came a month after he quit ANC citing the need to allow Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi the latitude to make critical decisions ahead of the 2022 presidential poll.
Owalo, in his statement sent to newsrooms, said the country needs a decisive, responsive, all-inclusive, and participatory leadership anchored on people-centric values and social justice.
“Based on the foregoing and informed by a contextual analysis of all the probable 2022 Presidential candidates, I have with effect from today made a deliberate and conscious decision to stand with Kenyans by pursuing my political interests and aspirations within the ambit of the “Hustler” Political Matrix,” he said.
“I’m also going the full-hog with Bill Ruto’s 2022. ”
On matters of Constitution change, Owalo said the problem facing Kenya is “not a bad Constitution but lack of enforcement and political goodwill and capture of the State by a few individuals in total disregard to the interests of the Kenyan majority.”
He also noted that there is a worrying trend of some families rotating the leadership of the country among themselves as a means of serving their egocentric economic interests.
“More worryingly, there are concerted efforts by the same clique of people to put together ethnic congregations as an avenue of attaining political power,” he said.
“Personally, I’m vehemently opposed to and do not subscribe to the school of thought that two or three families should selfishly scheme to rotate the leadership of this country among themselves as a means of perpetuating themselves in power and serving their egocentric economic interests.”
In August, while exiting the Musalia Mudavadi-led party, Owalo said that his exit was necessitated by the need to create ample space within the party.
The former Kibra MP aspirant stated that the move will allow the party to “strategically position itself effectively in the operational environment and craft a suitable road map moving forward without feeling suffocated by my views and suggestions.”
He added, “I also want to create a reasonable leg-room between myself and Mudavadi to safeguard and sustain our personal friendship, respect, and positive professional engagements that have been in existence over a span of 25 years.”